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Nelly Korda’s Anchor: Allisen Corpuz, the Finca Cortesin Controversial Pairing, Proves Why Choosing BFF Would Have Been a Bad Move

Published 09/22/2023, 6:21 AM EDT

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Solheim Cup is one of the most prestigious events to ever take place in the golf world and it is nothing short of an honor to play in such a tournament. Moreover, it is an extra bonus if one gets to play with their best friends. That is exactly what Nelly Korda had in mind when she wanted to get paired with her longtime companion at the biennial event in Finca Cortesin.

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But fate, or in this case, captain Stacy Lewis had other plans when she paired the 1X major winner up with Allisen Corpuz. However, it turned out to be a magnificent move on the skipper’s part as the Korda-Corpuz pairing are proving to be nothing short of a good one as they took to the course on Friday!

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As Friday morning foursome pairings came out, it brought a lot of attention to the same as the 8X LPGA tour winner missed her chance to pair up with her best friend as she was pitted against Leona Maguire and Anna Nordqvist. But what the golf world did not expect was that the best-friend duo would have been a bad move since Korda and her 25-year-old American counterpart proved to be a strong pairing on the course.

The US team has been on a high roll as they lead the day 1 session on three of the four matches. And Korda-Corpuz has not disappointed with them going 2-up after the 14th hole on Friday. The three birdies in the first nine, coupled with 2 bogeys from their European opponents have pushed them for the lead in the first session.


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Meanwhile, her longtime friend Megan Khang, who was paired with Lexi Thompson, did not fail their teammates and the country. The duo took the lead for the majority of the match against their European counterparts as they were 1-up against the latter twosome after the 16th hole.

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Nevertheless, things are looking good for the American team who are turning out to be an obstacle to the three-peat achievement that the Europeans have their eyes on. And Lewis’ decision to pair up her teammates in the manner in which she did, has played a crucial part, nonetheless.

Although Korda has been on the successful side, she would have been disappointed with the pairings since the 25-year-old had wanted to pair up with her best friend Khang.


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The Korda-Khang pair: A bad move averted?

The two professionals had been together as best friends for a long time since their Junior Solheim Cup days. Moreover, when asked about who they would like to pair up with ahead of the tournament, the two golfers mentioned each other as their choices since they were very eager to play as a pair in the biennial event.

But with the results, as they are out now, one can’t help but doubt if it would have been a bad move. The Korda-Corpuz and the Khang-Thompson pairings turned out to be phenomenal with them taking the leads on the matches for a majority of the holes.


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Allan Abe


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Allan Abe is a fresh golf writer at EssentiallySports. Tiger Woods was the golfer who inspired him into the sport, and he lives by what the legend once said, "No matter how good your get, you can always get better." Allan extends his love for golf by indulging in a little gaming in his free time, with PGA Tour 2K21 being his go to.
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